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Loudoun School Board nixes hats in schools

Remember to take off your snapbacks when you walk into school on Aug. 24, high schoolers, because hats are no longer dress-code approved.

At Tuesday’s School Board meeting, the motion to take hats out of the Loudoun County Public Schools dress code passed 5-3-1.

The dress code adopted earlier allowed for hats, but Brenda Sheridan (Sterling) said after the June 27 School Board meeting many teachers told her their concerns about allowing caps in schools.

Board members say they decided to change gears on the hat vote because of the issues of respect for faculty and over concerns for safety.

Beth Huck (At Large) said she opposed hats in school because it could hinder suicide prevention efforts. She said if a hat is obscuring a student’s face teacher’s will have a harder time telling if their students are emotionally distressed.

“I think for me this is an issue on a lot of levels,” Huck said. “Not just the respect aspect or the etiquette aspect, I think this is a safety issue ... I don’t want to take one more lifeline away.”

Jeff Morse (Dulles) defended the previous vote to allow hats, saying the board had decided to keep hats because that was the norm for most high schools, and there were already reasonable limits on the way students could wear hats.

Previously 13 of the 15 high schools in Loudoun County allowed students to wear hats in school. Now, no high schools will allow hats.

Sheridan, Huck, Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge), Eric DeKenipp (Catocin) and Tom Marshall (Leesburg) voted for the removal of hats, and Morse, Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) and Joy Maloney (Broad Run) voted against. Debbie Rose (Algonkian) was absent for the vote.


I don’t have an issue with the ban but to use suicide prevention as a reason is disingenuous.

There’s one exception to the rule—a hat with a troll logo and a line through it is permitted.

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